ch3cooh: (Ball Pit)
Being in the right place and having enough time to draw a real picture is hard.  But a few months ago, I found myself really wanting to draw more, and eventually I also found a good compromise: a phone app called "Draw Something." It's effectively digital pictionary, or at least that's the intent.  The best part of the app is that, when you receive a picture, it plays out a 3x speed video of the picture being drawn, instead of just showing you the final image. I like both the drawing and the watching other people draw - trying to guess their word as quickly as possible.  You also get to see your partner watch your drawing and guess your word - an again sped up movie of them putting the letters in place when they realize what the picture is (or sometimes trying and getting it wrong a few times first.)

On top of that, I've been abusing the program in a way - using it to draw entire scenes in addition to communicating the word. :) There's a limit to how much "ink" you can use (which prevents me from spending forever on a single picture).  And there's also an immediate objective and audience every time I draw.  It's been a pretty perfect solution.

Here are some examples, and more of my pictures are hidden below.  And if you think this sounds interesting and want to try it, maybe invite me to play a game with you (my username is "ch12cooh"), or I can invite you if you let me know you're intersted.

app link

Sushi, Mars, Sphinx, Hayride, Ocean...


More pictures! )
And here are a few pictures that other people on Draw Something drew for me:

ch3cooh: (Balance)
Hi LJ!  Big news:  I'm switching coasts.  There are a lot of reasons why, and there is especially one reason: a gentleman who has been sending me puzzles for almost a year now (among other ways of keeping in touch. ;-)  His name is Rafael, and he is a current student at Stanford, so moving to be only an hour's drive away from him (Berkeley) instead of 2500 miles away is... exciting. :)

But I'm still wrapping up here in NY/NJ for the next few months and I could definitely use a little fun distraction during that time.  Also, I haven't organized a crazy experiment/game in a long while! So....


This game is motivated by wanting to

  1. Know which pieces of books most stand out to my friends.

  2. Do art -- watercolor in particular -- I just acquired a watercolor kit and I want to play with it. :)

If you have a quote, please add it in the comments below (with which # you'd like it placed at 1-15) and I will illustrate it -- I'm going to try to do three illustrations every week in April and Early May. But I don't want to steal all the illustrating fun, so if my intended role in this 'game' sounds like fun to you, feel free to steal it and add your own illustrations here: --- ultimately, this site is where all of the quotes and images will end up in addition to irregular LJ entrees over the next month.5

An Example:

"Marco finds her shawl left behind in the game room, still draped over his jacket." (quote context)
-- Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus (pg. 222)

Quote Scheduling )
ch3cooh: (Cell Phones)
Woot! I survived the week!
MoMath has been very very full of school groups for the past few weeks.  I've been teaching 5 or 6 classes nearly back-to-back every day.  Mainly Cryptography though, which is my favorite of our three classes.
But I'm finally settling into the 'routine' of this, and re-finding the time and energy to do other awesome projects at home on the weekends. :)

Way back in January, a bunch of friends sent me amazing pictures... and I got hosed and hoarded them all to myself.  No more of this.  Here are the results (my favorite pictures) from week 2 (of 4)  More soon.

Category 1:  ID -- Can you ID the subject matter of each of these shots?  (hints behind the cut)
hints/full images )

Category 2: Sometimes the subject matter is simply awesome
full images )

Category 3: Beautiful Locations
full images )
ch3cooh: (Yosemite)
Here are the results of the 'first week'  There were more pictures than I expected, so I've decided to post 15 of those pictures this week, in 3 categories of appreciation.  A lot of people put more effort into framing shots than I anticipated would be a part of this game.  So this week's categories are all about framing: choosing the time, location, and composition of the shot purposefully and carefully. :)

The categories for next week will be: "portraits," "the unseen," and "energy."

For this week, the categories (retrospectively declared) are:

PerspectiveFull Images )

TimingFull Images )

LightFull Images )

I think I can officially declare this game a success!  It's been great to get pictures from a dozen or so people every day, and single shots from a few more friends.  Thank you! - to everyone who sent in anything! :) 

Read more...A few more pictures that I took from my NC->NY airplane! )


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